Campus: CSU Fullerton -- March 9, 2005
New Online Master's Degree in Information Technology to be
Offered in August
Information technology professionals who are interested in earning an advanced
degree, yet don't have time to return to the classroom, can earn that degree online
from Cal State Fullerton beginning in August.
The master of science in information technology will be the first online program
offered through the university's College of Business and Economics and the third
online degree program available to Cal State Fullerton students.
"We developed this program after a number of students - many already working for
medium to large organizations in this area - expressed an interest in getting a
master's degree," said Barry Pasternack, chair and professor of information systems
and decision sciences, noting that ISDS has offered online courses since 1999. "The
program will prepare individuals for careers in the field of information technology,
as well as give professionals the skills needed to advance in their careers. It
focuses on the managerial and technical skills needed to succeed in an information
The two-year program includes classes in systems analysis and design, programming
concepts, database management, data communications and electronic commerce, as well
as management of information in the corporate environment, and financial and managerial
accounting. The final required course is a seminar in information systems implementation
in which students work collaboratively to develop an information technology
Each course is 16 weeks long; students are expected to enroll in two courses each
session. Lectures and supplemental materials will be available to students online,
and participants will have the opportunity to interact with fellow students and their
instructors through chat sessions and e-mail.
"By having class materials and instructional resources available online, students
will have far greater options for scheduling learning activities as compared to a
traditional course setting," says program coordinator James K. Hightower, emeritus
professor of information systems and decision sciences.
The program will kick off with a weekend orientation session, "Boot Up Camp," scheduled
for Saturday, Aug. 20, and another seminar at the midway point in the program. Tests
will be offered on campus or at an approved testing center, Pasternack noted.
In addition to admission to Cal State Fullerton, students are required to have at
least two years of practical experience and submit an essay explaining why they
believe they would be a good candidate for the program, noted Hightower. "We're
looking for students who are disciplined enough to successfully complete a course
in a distance-learning format."
Applications for admission to the university and the new degree program are now being
accepted. To learn more about the program »
Cal State Fullerton's other online master degree programs are in instructional
design and technology offered through the College of Education and software
engineering through the College of Engineering and Computer Science.
James Hightower at (714) 278-4191 or
Barry Pasternack at (714) 278-2221 or
Pamela McLaren of Public Affairs at (714) 278-4852 or